January 20 - Reunions

Crystal and Christina over for a post-Christmas / pre-Valentines Day dinner, and we have a delightful time,

with gift exchanges,

including a stylized stuffed animal carrasol standing in for gift-wrap, a temporarily nautical photograph box,

a nice bottle of wine,

and a hedgehog toy for Stanley -- which he promptly operates on, removing the squeaker, and cavorts around the room with until that, too, expires.  The day starts out with standard 21st-Century Music work, the next pdf and composed page respectively for Street Songs and Psalm 84 (41 and 10), and the

first faculty meeting of the Spring 2012 semester, very cordial, yet with grave concerns at the moment and looking ahead.  Swing through Berkeley to pick up print copies of the belated May 2011 issue, stop off at the library, finishing off the year's worth of video exploration therein (begun when Harriet was in the hospital last February, with these last including

Howard Goodall's Organ Works,

Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concertos 1-6,

Keeping Score: Revolutions in Music - Beethoven's Eroica,

Gaetano Donizetti's Roberto Devereux [1837],

Arthur Sullivan's Iolante [1882],

Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate [1948],

Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw [1954],

Leonard Bernstein's Omnibus [1954] and

triple bill of Chichester Psalms [1965], Symphony No. 1 ["Jeremiah", 1942] and 2 ["The Age of Anxiety", 1949],

Stephen Sondheim's Passion [1994],

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [1968] and

Cats [1980], and

Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie [2005]), and

make the house ready for our evening guests (no small task),

with a brief supply run for more festive touches.